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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Interesting series of posts - I've either lived or been stationed all over the US from the Pacific Northwest to Upstate New York, to the Heartland of Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Michigan's UP and coastal mid-Atlantic.

Florida is out - I didn't like living in heaven's waiting room and getting stuck behind a blue-hair doing 12 miles an hour in a 1984 Lincoln Town Car.

Texas was hotter than a three-balled tomcat and makes permaculture and sustainable gardening a real tough challenge.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula - I'd move there tomorrow but I'd go alone as Mrs. Mando wouldn't go with me, something about 10 months of winter and two months of rough snowmobiling doesn't appeal to her warm blood.

Upstate New York - Not too bad except for the Senatorial representation. We really enjoyed Saratoga Springs though (and not just because of SPAC and the proximity to Knickerbocker, Glens Falls, New Haven and Springfield.)

Pacific Northwest - Silverdale, Washington - would also move there tomorrow. Mrs. Mando would go with me. Nice freaky people in Seattle, kind of like the eco-friendly connections and permaculture atmosphere for the centrist eco-nerds. Probably have the opportunity to use the Lapua .338 if ELF showed up.

Nebraska - Loved the people, great farming, great place to raise kids, but cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey and only three barb wire fences between Omaha and Alaska's North Slope to stop the wind. Anywhere along the Missouri River Valley would be fine.

But here we are in coastal SE Virginia. With our fallback compound in the Great Smokies of TN.

Vacancy sign is still lit for most of you cretins.

This post was modified by Mandojammer on 2009-09-23 20:49:59

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

So you don't fancy coming back to Scotland then, Namor? We could earmark a distillery in a defensible position up in the Highlands and settle in for the long haul. What do you say? Downside of course is being surrounded by a bunch of miserable bastard Scots, but you can't have everything.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

I would come back to Scotland in a heartbeat, I think Mrs. Mando would come along too.

I've already scouted the Isle of Arran - they just recently reopened their distillery and the whisky's not too bad. It has a subtle sweetness in it that makes me think of a Macallan 18 with the sherry finish.

Yeah, I could make that happen. As far as miserable Scot bastards - well, you take the bad with the good.

Besides, we'd all get a good laugh watching Dire with the sheep.........

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

I would throw my hat in with you in that same proverbial heartbeat. Do you think we could set up the Free Republic of Islay?

Just as an FYI - Dire is cows (though I don't give him much of a chance with those mean long-horned Highland cattle) and I am sheep - at least according to SDH, but I put the lawyers on to him and took out an injunction, which is why you haven't seen him around here for a while...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Free Republic of Islay? I like it.

You're right about those long-horned Highland bastards. We took a road trip from Dunoon up to Loch Ness just because and stopped along the way to take some pictures of one of the bonnie lochs. We started to walk across the field to get a better vantage and nearly got killed by some not so bonnie cows - talk about mad cow.

Given that, I figured Dire would have to adapt and change his tastes. And he wouldn't have to stand on a stool either.

The only time I want to see one of those things again is in the form of a ribeye. Don't get me wrong, I believe there is room for all of God's creatures on this earth. In this case, the room for the Highland mad cow is on my plate, right next to the mashed potatoes and green beans.

And haggis, and a not so wee dram.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 23, 2009 4:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

I think you might be in sympathy with these sentiments:

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Anyway, its gone midnight here and I'm off to bed when I finish listening to Jorma Kaukonen at the Waldorf in 78 - so I bid you goodnight!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:48pm
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LOL

Dire with the sheep - "Gee fellas what kinda cow is this? Looks a little small and its got fuzzy hair"

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Cool - Coastal S Virginia sounds pretty nice. I'm living about 4 feet above see level here on LI so if Al Gore is right I may want to upgrade my foundation to a commercial grade barge so my house floats when the glaciers melt.

That Line about barbed wire fences is funny as hell

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Oh, well fine--but you gotta remember that you are clearly a big grown up boy that can crawl inside a small cigar and submerge yourself, or sail on the sea like that absolute idiot Jgl (did you see the pic he posted of himself hanging upside down in the rigging of some sort of clipper ship while holding a saber between his teeth? Egads!).

SDH and I, along with Cush, must get our excitment rustling cattle and bar-b-que-ing rattlesnakes (although it is absolutely true that we can handle a Gila Monster with our bare hands--just ask the one that used to post hereabouts! # 58 he was...). And you gott admit, we have cool good guys like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Cochise and Geronimo (spare me the clarifications on character).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

the way this economy is going (especially here in MA), i may just be filling out an application for your Great Smokies Compound sooner rather than later ;)



(great descriptive post, by the way )

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

dire - You don't need to fill out an app. Just bring some barley for my pot still so I can distill some single malt and a good root beer recipe and we'll call it even. Bonus points for blacksmith, farrier or husbandry experience.

In all seriousness, there is a fairly well established sustainable community in/near Montague, MA with several CSA (Community Supported Agriculture organizations) a Dairy co-op, and a Poultry co-op. I think there are about 40 families that are working together. We have some very good friends in Montague who were instrumental in getting things going up there. You don't have to move far.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

that is damn interesting about the Montague community - certainly not surprised though - i may almost be within walking distance ;)

hope i dont have to find out TOO soon - lol

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Ya had to go and mention the Dairy Co-op!! I think Dire could get into Cow Husbandry - sounds like fun don't it Dire!!